12:48 pm: For those of you reading this Wednesday morning, we've been blogging along with our live broadcast of the DNC.
DENVER-- Monday morning, the 16th Avenue Mall. I was intending to grab a coffee and jump on the free mall shuttle, but I spotted former US Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota walking toward the Colorado Convention Center, with a small entourage. I caught up at the 15th Ave. light and he graciously allowed me to impose a couple of quick questions about the VP selection process, which he had been closely involved with.
DENVER — The Democratic National Convention started off with a strange vibe that might be summed up in one word: restraint. Much is being pent-up here; emotions are being held in check.
One obvious aspect of this comes from the Clinton-Obama rift, which is real, though generally misunderstood. In truth, there are two very separate issues that have been conflated: the reticence of many Hillary Clinton voters to commit to pulling the lever for Barack Obama, and the inner tensions among the elites, insiders, and activists.
Mitt Romney has held public office exactly once, for a single term, during which the state he governed ranked 46th among the 50 states in job growth, with a rate less than a tenth of the national average during those years. So, you might think it odd that the Republican Party considers him their best spokesperson on the issue.
Mitt Romney headlines the Republican opposition press conference today -- at an odd time, 1:15pm -- he'll be discussing "why Barack Obama is wrong for America's economy."
Anyone have any questions you'd like me to ask the Gov when he takes questions from the floor?
Leave your suggestions, please, in the comments section!
DENVER -- The Republican National Committee is once again running daily opposition press conferences here in Denver, as they did in Boston four years ago. They have set aside a small space for the pressers, seating 20, in their “war room” headquarters several blocks from the Pepsi Center. (Not very conveniently located; it’s on the other side of the Platte River from everything else.
Any protester worth his or her salt needs to be in St. Paul, Minnesota by this coming weekend, for the start of the GOP convention protests. Thus, the protests here in Denver are, for the most part, restricted to locals, and to those particular diehards capable of taking two weeks off and travelling to two distant places -- and that latter group is certainly not interested in getting prematurely arrested here, before the big show starts.
DENVER -- The Massachusetts delegation had it pretty good at the last Democratic National Convention, which took place in Boston and crowned a Bostonian nominee. They're not quite the belles of the ball this time.
They're staying, along with the Maryland delegation, at a Renaissance Hotel a good 15-20 minutes from the Pepsi Center.
I fly out tomorrow midday, by which time apparently we will all have learned that Joe Biden is the VP pick. If true, I think it's a great choice for a variety of reasons, including A) the pick does no harm, provided Joe can stay reasonably disciplined; B) he's a great attack dog; C) he's a classic, working-class, Scots-Irish Catholic who plays great in PA, OH, VA, etc.
The Obama assault on McCain's homes is brilliant for several reasons, but surely the gambit's efffect is multiplied if McCain had settled on our very own Mitt Romney as his VP choice, as has been suggested in some circles.
I mean, can you imagine, after a solid week of the Democratic convention mocking McCain as too wealthy to relate to regular Americans, McCain announcing Mr.
I will be in mile-high Denver, Colorado, all week beginning Saturday, checking out the Democratic National Convention and the goings-on around the convention.
Naturally, you'll be eager to know all my keen observations, insights, and analysis. For example, here's an actual exerpt from one of my 2004 DNC reporters' notebooks:
What if Hillary Clinton's ardent supporters here in Massachusetts were to channel that energy and enthusiasm (and indignation and anger) into efforts to get women elected back home in the Bay State? In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix, with the Democratic National Convention (and the official end of the Clinton campaign) looming, I take a look at the possibility of that happening.
PolitickerMA correctly notes that our own gov Deval Patrick ("Father of a lesbian daughter," a press release reminds us) will headline the Stonewall Democrats National Convention Sunday brunch this coming weekend in Denver. I can also inform you that Cambridge Mayor Denise Simmons will appear at the Stonewall awards dinner Saturday night.